Dishonored reviews begin, get all the scores here

Sunday, 7th October 2012 14:15 GMT By Staff

Dishonored reviews have broken out of embargo bringing with them a chain of impressively high scores for Arkane’s stealth-’em-up.

The deluge began as a trickle when CVG’s video review leaked ahead of schedule; the review called Dishonored CVG’s game of the year, and a once-in-a-generation release.

Now that the embargo has lifted, the critics are tussling for consensus and finding it right at the top of the scale. We’ll continue adding scores here as they arrive; let us know of any others you find in the comments section. All scores out of ten unless otherwise noted.

Dishonored launches on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 across Europe on October 12.



  1. Omelette

    +1 for Dave Cook working on weekend

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 I love my job, what can I say ;)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Talkar

    I have to say that i’m really happy that you guys continue with these kind of articles where you collect all the reviews for a game. Keep up the good work!

    #3 2 years ago

    Go Dave!

    #4 2 years ago

    @1 VG24/7 kinda expect it ;)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Rokuro ;)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ps3fanboy

    what have we learned from earlier experience from Bethesda games?…

    first the hype then after the storm have settled, this will be just another “BUG RIDDEN GAME” from Bethesda.

    so to save you all from the misery… don’t buy it!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dragon246

    After brink and skyrim, I don’t know if Bethesda can trusted for a ps3 game. Although the game looks good, so maybe pc version for me. I hope Arkane studios do a better job for ps3 one.
    Did you hear any murmurs about the ps3 version?

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Moonwalker1982


    First of all, it’s a game developped by Arkane Studios and ONLY published by Bethesda. Second…for me Skyrim wasn’t bug ridden at all. But i can’t speak for others.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Moonwalker1982

    I watched the videoreview

    Sounds fucking incredible!

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Maximum Payne

    I am glad that they are side quests.
    But I am still curious how unlocking skills works

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Phoenixblight

    SO we only have one review? Did Bathesda give the reviewers the game the day of the embargo being lifted?

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Moonwalker1982

    Nah, a dutch game site called XGN has the game as well, not a review yet though. We got our own gamesite too and should be receiving a review copy soon, but from what i hear alot of gamesites have yet to receive their copy.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    @13 so then we won’t be getting a proper review until later in the week, maybe even Tuesday.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Rokuro

    There’s another review here btw:

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Joe Anderson

    Embargo is a little later than today. Way to go CVG.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. ninjanutta

    Brilliant game,im already 3/4 hrs into it and its a lot like bioshock and very addictive.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. polygem

    @17…yeah i really do hope that it will feel like the original bioshock. that game is a classic. one of the best games this gen, maybe even decade. i did not like 2 that much though. the gameplay i´ve seen of dishonored reminded me a lot of the first bioshock but in a good and unique way. i am still a bit skeptical though, will wait for more reviews/ gampelay but this far, everything sounds great!

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Talkar

    Wait. In what way does is it like Bioshock? I might have to cancel my preorder if it is a carbon copy of that (in my opinion) awful game.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    @19: w h a t – - – ?

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Th3DarkKnight1

    The game is developed by Arcane Studio and published by Bethesda Studios unlike Skyrim which was both developed and published by Bethesda so i don’t think that it will have the same mistakes as Skyrim concerning the PS3 version ;)

    Piece of advice don’t cancel your preorder as this game is very amazing.
    what ninjanutta meant was that its style is close to Bioshock concerning the character design and the world design but in term of gameplay it’s very different as this game can be played with different styles based on your favorite style meaning that if you want to take the stealth approach you can depend on the stealth abilities and take down your enemies silently ,you could even choose to kill them or to just make them unconscious.
    also if you want the direct approach you can use the offensive abilities and take down all your opponents without showing any mercy.
    The Duration of the game will depend on the approach you choose meaning that if you choose the stealth approach it could take you double or triple the time it will take on the assault approach.
    also this will add to the replay value of the game meaning that you could play it a lot of times and in each time you could try something new ;)

    This game is amazing and very addictive i played it for 1 hour yesterday and it was really hard for me to put down the controller lol :D

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Th3DarkKnight1

    Chill out man it’s a matter of opinion you could like a game that others don’t like and vice versa ;)

    by the way I’m a big fan of bioshock too :)

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DSB

    @21 Arkane are fully owned by Zenimax though.

    Bethesda are pretty much synonymous with that stuff. Between Brink, RAGE, Skyrim, Oblivion, Fallout 3, New Vegas, they either have some serious trouble making their developers finish their stuff, or some serious trouble making their QA effective.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Moonwalker1982

    From the comments on Youtube i understand that it took the reviewer 7 hours to finish. He only used guns, no stealth and skipped all cutscenes. I for one will be using lots of stealth and i always take my time in games, to check things out and i won’t skip cutscenes. So i’m sure i’ll be spending alot more time.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Dave Cook

    Embargo has lifted so I can say this: Dishonored is so far my game of the year, period.

    That is all :)

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Dave Cook

    @17 nothing like Bioshock apart from the fact that the city is full of character like Rapture. It plays very differently. Don’t listen to that comparison.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Dave Cook

    @23 don’t worry about Betheada fears of bugs and being unfinished, Dishonored is nothing like Bethesda games in that respect, honestly.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. Muetsch

    Don’t forget some German reviews for the international readers :D

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Dave Cook

    @11 unlocking skills works by finding runes in the world. You have to hold up this disgusting clockwork heart that beats harder and faster when you get close to one. Because you have to equip it in your hand like a weapon it leaves you vulnerable, so you have to be clever when you use it.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve been playing this for quite a while now. It’s aces. That is all. More soon.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Dave Cook

    @30 +1000 to Brenna :)

    #31 2 years ago
  32. Brenna Hillier

    @28 cheers! Added.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Ali

    Gamespot : 9/10

    #33 2 years ago
  34. Muetsch

    Thanks for adding it :) Sorry for the shameless plug but I just had to get it out there.

    Dishonored is such an awesome game! Completed my stealthy playthrough on the PC and a slice’n'dicey one the 360 and I absolutely loved both of them. I just can’t get enough of it!

    #34 2 years ago
  35. JebusF

    Big 10/10 from us at


    #35 2 years ago
  36. Radaway

    Another Review- Negative one:

    #36 2 years ago
  37. polygem

    @19,22: i am chilled and i totally respect opinion. “what?” was just my instant and honest opinion and reaction to that post. all i am having a problem with is the “awful” part in it,
    i did read that and my jaw dropped hehe.
    bioshock is a good game, they created a great believeable world, nice mood and atmosphere, great story, clever gameplay. by no means it is a bad, or “awful”, not even an only mediocore game, it is a good one and i think anyone should be able to see and respect a good game. many people keep saying halo is a shit game. it is not. if you do not like it, that´s totally fine but saying those games are shit is just kinda unreflected imho. i personally could never really relate to the uncarted games much. still i´d never dare to say those are awful games. they aren´t. they are good games that just do not pull the right triggers for my liking.

    topic: wow, just wow, this all sounds great. probably wont be able to play it the next 2 weeks or so though. must – by any means – avoid spoilers now!

    #37 2 years ago
  38. bitsnark

    Glad to see this scoring so well.

    After playing the tits off it at the Expo and watching that incredible developer session on it, I just couldn’t perceive a way in which it would score averagely, let alone poorly.

    A true and very strong GOTY candidate if there ever was one.

    #38 2 years ago
  39. Maximum Payne

    @38 My thought also.
    I really didn’t expect game to be that good.
    In gamespot they don’t even have ”bad box” only what is good in game and that I didn’t see in long time:D

    #39 2 years ago
  40. DanteDestroyer

    HardGame2 (Spain): 9,5 (PC Review)

    #40 2 years ago
  41. kevling

    TheSixthAxis 9/10 (shame on you for missing them out!) ;)

    #41 2 years ago
  42. Rudderless

    Videogamer – 8/10

    #42 2 years ago
  43. gribb85

    GamerZines review is here – 95%

    The tagline reads; “The only assassin game you’ll ever need”. Ooo take that Ubisoft…

    #43 2 years ago
  44. Joe Anderson

    Here’s a link to our review.

    ShopTo – Excellent

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Edo

    All I have to say is FUCK YEAH!!

    #45 2 years ago
  46. ninjanutta

    @Dave Cook,if you think this game isn’t like bioshock then you didnt play bioshock.even the dev compares it in an interview.Its a lot like bioshock in many ways not just characters.
    the runes are just like the tonics,the gameplay is feels the same,the wheel of weapons-same.quick slots-same…shall i go on?

    #46 2 years ago
  47. John117

    Norwegian – 6/6

    And they gave “Resident Evil 6″ – 2/6

    #47 2 years ago
  48. Crazyreyn

    Digital Spy, 4/5:

    #48 2 years ago
  49. djhsecondnature

    One Hit Pixel – “A”

    #49 2 years ago
  50. KrazyKraut

    Gametrailers – 8.7

    #50 2 years ago
  51. JamieSI

    9/10 on Strategy Informer –

    #51 2 years ago
  52. Dave Cook

    @51 cheers Jamie, putting it up now.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. soyooz

    I’m waiting for this game !

    #53 2 years ago
  54. soyooz

    9/10 on

    It looks son great.

    #54 2 years ago
  55. BenMeetsWorld

    4/5 from StickTwiddlers

    #55 2 years ago
  56. Rokuro

    So happy to see this game getting the high praise and scores it deserves. Games like this don’t come around everyday :)

    #56 2 years ago
  57. pukem0n

    “New IP wont do well at this time in the console cycle” – Every big publisher guy there is

    #57 2 years ago
  58. Moonwalker1982

    I hope this will sell like hotcakes. It really deserves it. I will buy it before i go for a ACIII or any of the other ‘milked out’ products. Cause lets be honest, they are.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. NeoSquall

    Curse you, gaming industry!

    I wanted to hold my order on this game to better times (i.e. when it becomes cheaper), until I’ve started reading reviews and then I found it at just 39 Euro with the Shadow Rat pack and a SteelBook and I just couldn’t say no ;_;

    #59 2 years ago
  60. pontxolo

    VaDeJuegos (Spain) 5/5

    #60 2 years ago
  61. polygem

    @57: indeed…but all those positive reviews mean nothing to a publisher if it wont sell well. i really do hope it will. those great reviews will probably help a lot though.

    #61 2 years ago
  62. viralshag

    I still can’t see this selling well. I may be totally wrong but I can see a lot of people “not getting” what it’s about. Even I was tempted to hold out but then if you know me, that was just nonsense as I can’t resist buying anything that looks decent as soon as I hit the Steam page.

    At this stage in a consoles life cycle, you really need to shove stuff under the noses of people for them to even care and I haven’t really seen that happening.

    #62 2 years ago
  63. runtold (german) gives 90/100.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. CityCobra (german review)-88%

    #64 2 years ago
  65. pennyman

    Can you guys include our Dishonored review – thanks!

    #65 2 years ago
  66. Astaroth (PC Games Germany) gives it a 91%.

    #66 2 years ago
  67. f1r3storm


    #67 2 years ago
  68. jon_

    Here is our video-review. Its in spanish tough but i guess that not only english speakers visit vg247 sooo ” ;)

    #68 2 years ago

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